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After postponing America’s birthday celebrations last year, cities across the U.S. are celebrating Independence Day in full force in 2021 with some of their most extravagant special effects-filled displays yet. But if you’re not ready to brave big crowds for a prime spot, or you prefer to watch some of the best Fourth of July fireworks shows around the country from your own poolside or backyard soiree, you can grab a front-row seat by watching the events on your TV, tablet or smartphone.
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How to Live Stream 4th of July Fireworks Online
To watch July Fourth fireworks shows on your television or mobile device, you may need a cable TV or video streaming subscription to access local affiliate broadcast channels or national networks. If you’re looking to cut the cord from your cable provider, here are a few of the best live TV streaming platforms and devices to consider:
- Amazon Fire Stick If you already subscribe to a live TV or on-demand video service, the e-commerce giant’s Alexa-enabled device lets you easily access your accounts in one place and watch livestream 1080p content on an HD television. Buy the Amazon Fire Stick online here.
- Fubo Starting at $65 per month, Fubo offers a range of plans that include a minimum of 115 channels, including most of the popular news, entertainment, lifestyle and sports networks. Sign up for Fubo online here.
- Hulu The on-demand video streaming platform’s Live TV service ($65 per month) lets you watch major cable news, entertainment and sports channels and networks, as well as record content. You can also bundle your plan with Disney+ and ESPN+ (starting at $20 per month), as well as add on channels such as Cinemax, HBO Max, Showtime, Starz and more. Sign up for Hulu online here.
- Philo Get access to live and on-demand TV from over 60 entertainment and lifestyle channels starting at $25 per month. Besides Bloomberg TV and Cheddar News, note that the platform doesn’t offer many news or sports channels, but you can also add on networks including Epix and Starz for an extra $6 to $9 per month. Sign up for Philo online here.
- YouTube TV For $65 per month, watch over 85 news, entertainment and sports channels on the video platform’s live streaming service, plus get unlimited recording storage and access for six accounts. Sign up for YouTube TV online here.
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks (New York)
Arguably one of the biggest Independence Day spectaculars, the 45th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show will light up the Big Apple skyline on July 4 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, and airs on NBC at the same time. Hosted by Renée Elise Goldsberry and Ryan Eggold, performers include the Jonas Brothers, Blake Shelton and guest Marshmello as well as the Black Pumas, Coldplay, Reba McEntire, OneRepublic and others.
This year’s event includes a drone light show to celebrate Tokyo Olympics-bound Team USA. The 25-minute fireworks finale will include pyrotechnics in the shape of rainbows, jellyfish and more, while the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus will provide the soundtrack.
The vaccinated public can watch in person at public viewing stands on FDR Drive in Manhattan, and there will also be viewing locations on the waterfronts in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens; get more details at Macy’s Fireworks website.
A Capitol Fourth 2021 Fireworks Show (Washington, D.C.)
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The annual A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Sunday, July 4 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Vanessa Williams (who will also perform) and featuring performances by Jimmy Buffett, Renée Fleming (who will open the show with the national anthem), Cynthia Erivo, Mickey Guyton, Alan Jackson, Gladys Knight, Pentatonix, Train and more. You can hear the audio on your local National Public Radio station, and you can watch the show live online at PBS’ Facebook page, YouTube channel and website. Those who want to relive the extravaganza can watch it on-demand from July 4 to 18; get more details here.
2021 Boston Pops Spectacular Concert (Boston)
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After canceling its 2020 show, this year’s sold-out Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular will take place in person at Tanglewood in Massachusetts on Sunday, July 4 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET, and virtual attendees can watch live on Bloomberg TV or listen in on Bloomberg Radio; locals can watch on WHDH-TV. The fireworks finale will occur on Boston Common at 10:30 p.m. ET. (The extravaganza’s usual location of the Esplanade along the Charles River has been postponed until 2022.)
Conductor Keith Lockhart will lead a televised performance starring Jon Batiste and Mavis Staples, and marks the venue’s first in-person event since the pandemic forced it to shutter last summer. Get more info here.
2021 Big Bay Boom (San Diego)
California’s largest fireworks show at San Diego’s Big Bay Boom takes place July 4 at 9 p.m. PT, and can be seen in-person at six locations surrounding the barges. Golden State locals and out-of-towners with streaming access can watch the festivities live from 8 to 9:30 p.m. PT on Fox 5 in San Diego, KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, Fox 40 in Sacramento or Kron 4 in San Francisco; get more details on delayed broadcasts and more here.
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